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Baseball: In need of a breather

Rosemount second baseman Alex Tauer throws to first for an out during a recent home game. The Irish played six games in a 75-hour span last week.

A pillow and a few ice packs were likely the most urgent needs for members of the Rosemount baseball team by the end of last week.

The rainy spring led to several postponements in previous weeks, and forced the Irish to play six games in a span of 75 hours from last Tuesday to Friday. They went 2-4 during the busy stretch, dropping their record to 8-11 entering the final week of the regular season.

The Irish briefly evened their record at 7-7 with a 3-2 win at Lakeville South last Tuesday. They then lost to Lakeville North 2-0 on Wednesday and split a doubleheader with Apple Valley on Thursday. The team got two more games in on Friday and lost both, a 6-4 setback at Bloomington Jefferson and a 6-5 battle in Eagan.

Pitching ruled in last Tuesday’s win at South as the teams combined for just seven hits. Ben Smith did his part for the Irish, allowing one earned run and striking out six in a complete-game effort.

Three walks and two errors allowed Smith and Luke Dahl to score the go-ahead runs for Rosemount in the top of the sixth.

Alex Duffy provided another quality start a day later against Lakeville North, but the Irish managed just four hits in the shutout loss.

Duffy allowed two runs and struck out four over seven innings. Smith provided two of Rosemount’s four hits.

After dropping the opener to Apple Valley last Thursday, the Irish came alive with the bats and clubbed 12 hits to forge a split with a 9-3 victory.

Jordan Turner was 2 for 4 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Dahl, Smith, Cole Northwick and Ethan Engdahl each added a pair of hits.

Nate Sprouls provided another solid start, holding the Eagles to two earned runs on four hits over seven innings.

The Irish’s hectic slate concluded with a pair of narrow defeats. They led 4-1 in the 6-4 loss to Jefferson and 3-0 in the loss to Eagan.

Northwick had two of the team’s six hits against Jefferson. Duffy drove in two runs and took the pitching loss in relief of Dennis Reinhardt (3 1/3 innings, two earned runs, five hits).

Smith clubbed two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run in the loss to Eagan. Northwick had two RBI and Dahl scored three times.

John Birkholz allowed three runs (one earned) over the first five innings. Smith took the loss in relief, surrendering three runs in the sixth.